May 2017: What I bought, watched and read
WHAT I READ
ETCHED IN BONE
Bishop never disappoints. Her books will make vegetarians or vegans out of anyone who reads them! She is one of my favourite authors due to her very vivid and strong storytelling and this book was not one of her best, but satisfying nonetheless.
THE SINGLES GAME
Weisberger disappointed me in this one. Choppy storyline, I couldn’t really follow the plot, sloppy character development about Charlie, a tennis player who wants to rise in the ranks, and the ending was very unsatisfying, to say the least, especially for someone like me who enjoys a strong plot.
ART OF THE CON
A great book detailing out capers and cons of some of the most notorious thieves and scammers. The organization they had in place, and the lies told were incredible – both fantastically & tragically so. It’s just stealing plain and simple.
I did enjoy reading it though, and learning a bit more about high art, how it was faked, the lengths they went to. Quite an engrossing read.
WHY MEN LIKE STRAIGHT LINES & WOMEN LIKE POLKA DOTS
The cover art was terrible. I really wasn’t about to read it because I thought: Ugh. Ugly.
Goes to show that you really can’t judge a book by its cover, because this was one of the most interesting books on male / female brain circuitry I have ever read. The depth of research and psychology into why women prefer curves, patterns and things over men who want everything in straight lines, was quite fascinating.
I see that even on my blog! Everything is curved in circles, as I never liked it in squares but I suspect male readers can tell me that they would have liked squares better.
I have also started paying more attention to websites and it is CLEAR which ones are female or male driven in terms of design. Great read. Ignore the cover.
THE CURSE OF BEAUTY
Obviously “America’s First Supermodel” caught my attention but it was more the whole way James wrote about the tragic life of Audrey Munson. She is the model for many of the most famous monuments in the U.S., and even purported to be the profile of the U.S. dime.
A great, yet sad read on how she and her mother used her beauty to gain fame and how it all worked in such a patriarchal society.
LOVE. LOVE THIS BOOK. I read it on my e-reader and didn’t get the full effect in colour, so I decided to re-read it but in colour and make more notes about the inspirational shots for future outfits.
If you like fashion, and/or are a fan of Scott’s blog, read this. His photographic eye and commitment to his brand is impeccable.
There’s also fashion in there for men as well.
I read it. I enjoyed reading it. It’s fluffy… it’s a real life story about how she decided to get married after having been burned in a divorce before, to another divorcé from Brazil (Felipe for those of you who read Eat Pray Love). Ironically, she’s divorced from him now too.
Still, it’s an interesting look on marriage and the why and how behind it.
It’s a new detective series that I am obsessed with. Set in the past, and not quite as stylish as the Phryne Fisher series, but still an enjoyable read.
WHAT I BOUGHT
OLIVIA BURTON BEE WATCH – $223
Oh I had too. Look at it. Love me a good bee motif. It is gorgeous, thick, stunning, and pretty. OH SO PRETTY.
I tried it on so many times in person, over and over again.
THEORY HARTSDALE K NAVY BLUE PANTS – $425
Some of the most comfortable pants on the planet. High-rise, with pockets, and very soft. BEST!
TIGER OF SWEDEN JADIE PANTS – $258.75
Another pair of high-rise, cotton pants, slim legs and comfortable for work. Not jersey-comfortable but they look very slick and chic.
L’INTERVALLE PAUSE GREY SUEDE FLATS – $103
SO pretty. Also ridiculously comfortable and were on sale. They’re great.
TARTE TARTEGUARD MINERAL SPF 30 CREAM – $47
This stuff is heavily perfumed. I hate the fragrance in skincare products, and it is SO STRONG I don’t wear perfume, but I sort of have no choice these days after I learned how my beloved chemical sunscreen absorbs into my bloodstream.
This is a mineral-based sunscreen, and it works well even underneath my BareMinerals Complexion Rescue (WHICH I LOVE) which has more SPF on top of it. I will finish it but am going to look for a mineral sunscreen without fragrance in it.
KAT VON D TRANSLUCENT POWDER – $38
Recommended by a Sephora associate, this stuff sets my BareMinerals Complexion Rescue, but it doesn’t seem to keep 100% of the shine at bay, but works well for 75% of it versus what my oil slick face looked like before. It fixes the makeup and sets well but I need to find a shine blotting option, perhaps the only way is with papers in my purse… You also get a HUGE container for the price.
BECCA MATTIFYING PORELESS PRIMING PRIMER – $42
HOLY GRAIL. THIS STUFF IS AMAZING. It is also cheaper per ounce than the other options on the market, and it WORKS.
I was covering my face in Tarte’s SPF, and a foundation (BareMinerals, my favourite), and this on top of it all has solved my problem!!! NO MORE OIL SLICKS. The whole day, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
RAW CACAO NIBS
I bought these RAW cacao nibs, as I read they’re one of the best superfoods to eat. I figured they could be a nice, crunchy, bitter snack for when I want chocolate badly.
AQUIS HAIR TOWEL
This towel is pretty good. I love how it dries about 80% of my hair so quickly (takes about 20 minutes), and it is only slightly damp at the end.
SEVENTH GENERATION BABY WIPES
I bought a stock of these so that I could carry around a few packs of great baby wipes and make sure we stay clean. Sometimes when Baby Bun has to pee, he does it all over himself and my hands. *sigh* These wipes come in handy, trust me.
THINX CHEEKY PANTIES
7 pairs for the major discount! WOO HOO!
I am going to give these panties a shot as a backup just in case, while I use a menstrual cup. I just don’t want to use pantyliners any more.
AMOUR FOU JEAN DRESS IN BLACK – $258.75
Yep! Love this gorgeous butcher block-style dress. Going to have it hemmed to a nicer height.